Christopher Maginn

in William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697151
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739262 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the role played by William Cecil in the economic relationship between the kingdoms. It follows Cecil's efforts, both as lord high treasurer of England and before, to grapple with the Tudor state's dual monetary system. It shows Cecil's attempt at the start of Elizabeth's reign to overhaul the currency of Ireland in conjunction with the recoinage then being undertaken in England. The chapter then examines Cecil's efforts to find and to provide the money, men, and the materials necessary to sustain Tudor rule in Ireland as the kingdom became engulfed by war in the final decades of Elizabeth's reign.

Keywords: lord high treasurer of England; currency; debasement; recoinage; soldiers; Lord Grey de Wilton; fiscal determinism; supplies; the ‘cess’ controversy; corruption

Chapter.  16457 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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